27 Boats made the journey down to join the six and growing local RCYC fleet of 400’s. Racing started on Saturday and was particularly tough going with a long postponement on the water as we floated about, watching and waiting for the breeze to make a guest appearance.
Finally late in the afternoon Race one kicked off with a not so easy to remember trapezoid course, resulting in a little confusion at the mark three on the second lap, the Ryan brothers had it all figured out keeping their lead and their kite. Local RS400 hero Alex Barry followed by Paul Mc Mahon decided to mix things up a little with a rapid drop and hoist sequence keeping their crews Richie and Laura on their toes!
Race two was somewhat less eventful, with the course figured out Alex and Richie showed a clean pair of heels to take the bullet, with Michael (Chunky) Ferguson and Gavin Doig second, followed very closely by locals Andrew Woodward and Richie Harrington.
With two races completed the fleet made the long journey in from Roches Point and straight to the bar for well deserved pints (although some of us were in the lucky position of getting a tow in – thanks George and Dave Kennefick).
Saturday night winding down got off to a good start with a lovely BBQ and a great talk from photographer Brian Carlin, quickly gaining pace at the bar, and ending with a traditional session, resulting in more than a few sore heads on Sunday morning.
Day two brought an earlier start in an effort to get in four races. Racing took place inside the harbour with a light breeze and a strong tide making it a very challenging day for all. Although the familiar Windward /Leeward courses gave the brains more time to attempt to work out the shifts.
Race three saw Ewen Barry and Shane Dunlea cross the line first, followed by Andrew Woodward and Richie with Paul McMahon and Laura coming in third.
Race four saw Paul and Laura take the bullet with Ewen and Shane close behind. Peter Kennedy and Simon Hutchins coming in third.
Race five, saw a big wind shift on the first beat with Gareth Flannigan and David Fletcher taking advantage to finish ahead of Alex and Richie, followed in third by Chunky and Gavin.
Race six kicked off after a delightful squall and heavy rain to wake the fleet up. With no two races being won by any one boat it was all to play for. The wind decided to take a break by time the fleet rounded the leeward mark for the second time, Alex and Paul stayed in close quarters of each other as they made their way up the beat. The two short blasts sounded by the OOD as they approached the windward mark were very welcome with Paul and Laura crossing first, followed by Alex and Richie, with Chunky and Gav taking third.
The points were tight and no one was quite sure of the final standings until they were posted. Event was won by Paul and Laura, by a point from Alex and Richie followed by another local boat Andrew and Richie taking place overall.
The next event, Nationals in Ballyholme is shaping up to be a great event for all three fleets. A bumper entry expected with the Scots and English coming to test the Irish 400 fleet and hopefully the Northern 200 fleet participating in force.
|Series Place||Sail No||Boat||Type of Boat||Helm||Crew||Club||Series Points||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 6|
|1||IRL1230||Doppler||RS400||Paul McMahon||Laura Houlihan||HYC||12||3||4||3||1||21||1|
|2||IRL1126||RS400||Alex Barry||Richard Leonard||RCYC/MBSC||13||2||1||5||12||3||2|
|3||IRL748||RS400||Andrew Woodward||Richie Harrington||MBSC||16||5||3||2||8||2||4|
|4||IRL741||Whiplash||RS400||Mikey Ferguson||Gavin Dore||Royal Ulster YC||23||8||2||4||7||7||3|
|5||IRL1259||McCready Sailboats||RS400||Gareth Flannigan||David Fletcher||Ballyholme YC||32||10||6||10||20||1||5|
|6||IRL1127||Flyer||RS400||Ewen Barry||Shane Dunlea||MBSC||35||4||19||1||2||17||11|
|7||IRL1321||MoreRon||RS400||Robert Espey||Michael Gunning||Ballyholme YC||35||6||13||8||4||4||37|
|8||GBR941||Csbc||RS400||Paul McLaughlin||Michael Mc Kinley||Cushendall SC||38||9||5||7||17||9||8|
|9||IRL1352||Oddjob||RS400||Peter Kennedy||Simon Hutchinson||SLYC/RNIYC||41||12||7||6||3||27||13|
|10||IRL1339||RS400||Emmet Ryan||James Ryan||RStGYC||42||1||17||13||6||5||37|
|11||IRL1004||RS400||Chris Penney||Simon Martin||Carrickfergus SC||52||7||16||17||9||13||7|
|12||IRL1406||2 Sad Old Blokes||RS400||Dave Cheyne||Stevie Kane||RNIYC||58||14||14||11||11||8||15|
|13||IRL1179||Cold Fact||RS400||David Rose||Ian Heffernan||MBSC/RCYC||66||18||8||12||19||19||9|
|14||IRL1044||Dosco.ie||RS400||George Kenefick||William Athkinson||RCYC||67||11||12||15||5||24||37|
|15||IRL484||RS400||Sean Ribson||Owen McKinley||CSBC||69||22||15||9||13||18||14|
|16||IRL1245||RS400||Peter O Leary||Blake Walsh||RCYC||69||15||18||18||15||11||10|
|17||IRL1140||RS400||Robert O Sullivan||Philip McGlade||MBSC||72||13||11||21||10||23||17|
|18||IRL1405||Zimmer Frame||RS400||Liam Donnelly||Rick Mcaig||Royal North of Ireland YC||75||21||9||19||27||6||20|
|19||IRL1138||RS400||Owen Laverty||Gina Laverty||RStGYC||75||19||29||20||18||12||6|
|20||IRL802||The Warrior||RS400||Dave Sweeney||Rob Kerley||BSC/HYC||79||23||10||22||14||14||19|
|21||IRL825||RS400||Trevor D’Arcy||Alan McClernon||CSC/RNIYC||82||20||20||14||21||16||12|
|22||IRL1251||Dignity||RS400||John Lewis||Sheela Lewis||County Antrim YC||85||17||21||16||23||15||16|
|23||IRL1353||Blue Thunder||RS400||Rob Hastings||Neil Calvin||Royal North of Ireland YC||106||26||27||28||22||10||21|
|24||IRL1349||Royal Scam||RS400||Michael Donnelly||Garrett Donnelly||MYC||110||29||22||25||16||25||22|
|25||IRL903||RS400||Robin O’Mahony||Jack Costigan||RCYC||110||25||23||23||24||22||18|
|26||IRL1436||Lelia||RS400||Simon Herriott||Stephen Bourke||Greystones SC||122||28||24||24||26||20||37|
|27||IRL637||RS400||David Coleman||Margaret Hynes||Killaloe SC||131||30||26||27||28||26||24|
|28||IRL581||RS400||Pat Culloo||Donal Cullinane||Killaleo SC||132||27||28||26||37||28||23|
|29||IRL1035||BB King||RS400||Brian Bryce||Conor Bryce||Killaloe SC||132||24||30||29||25||29||25|
|31||IRL1141||Slow and Steady||RS400||Ross Brennan||Olly Lawerence||Greystones SC||160||31||31||31||30||37||37|
|32||IRL1207||Shekou||RS400||Cillian O Mara||Mark Sartini||Killaloe SC||170||37||37||30||29||37||37|
|33||IRL1240||GoodLord||RS400||Daniel Lordan||Sarah Lordan||INSS||180||32||37||37||37||37||37|
|34||IRL1001||Ron||RS400||Robert Espey||Michael Gunning||BYC/RUYC||185||37||37||37||37||37||37|
|34||IRL1040||Blu E 2||RS400||Robert Galligan||Philip Connor||Greystones SC||185||37||37||37||37||37||37|
|34||IRL1197||Razor Sharp||RS400||Aidan McSweeney||RCYC||185||37||37||37||37||37||37|
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